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Anzac Day – Lest We Forget

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Jessica Ryan from St Mary’s Catholic College and Jordan Buckley and Taylah Manns from Kingaroy State High School took part in Kingaroy’s Anzac Day parade this year … Jessica and Taylah were the two flag-bearers who led the parade, and afterwards they were presented with the flags as a memento of the day

May 4, 2019

It was an honour to be a part of the Kingaroy’s Anzac Day commemorations this year.

I must congratulate Don Davey, the president of the Kingaroy-Memerambi RSL, and his Sub-Branch members for organising the event.

School children and community members throughout the Nanango electorate turned out in force again to support this important day in our nation’s calendar.

I’d also like to pass on a huge thank-you to the school students who laid a wreath on my behalf at many local ceremonies around the electorate.

This year I attended Kingaroy’s Commemoration Service, which began with a very large parade and saw a very large turn-out at the war memorial.

Then I headed out to Wondai’s race course in the afternoon for the South Burnett Race Club’s annual Anzac Day meeting.

The race club’s Anzac Day Races are a fundraiser for Legacy, and good crowds meant a great result for the organisers.

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Murgon’s Local Ambulance Commitee members let me practice CPR on one of their training dummies at the Easter Fair … but I think I need more practice to get really good at it

Murgon Easter Fair

After having their Christmas Carnival rained out several times in the past few years, the Murgon Business and Development Association were determined not to be beaten.

So, they created the Murgon Easter Fair this year, and their hard work paid off.

The new Easter Fair was a fun night that was so well supported by the community and local businesses it now looks like becoming an annual event.

Well done!

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The Murgon Men’s Shed have built a very large complex next to the former Murgon Railway Station, and the historic old railway station building forms part of it

Murgon Men Get Busy

The men at the Murgon Men’s Shed invited me to their weekly smoko recently to check out their Shed.

Like so many men’s sheds, the Murgon Men’s Shed is a life-line to many and a great way to spend a few hours.

The Murgon Men’s Shed has around 60 paid-up members, and many gather at meetings each week to work on projects, either alone or as a team.

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I had fun with Federal Member for Maranoa David Littleproud and Cr Roz Frohloff manning the can bar at Nanango Show’s rodeo

Nanango And Kilcoy Shows

Our region has amazing local agricultural shows, and over the past few weeks I’ve been to both the Nanango and Kilcoy Shows.

At Kilcoy, I was honoured to present Show Society Life Membership to Gary Webster and be involved in the prime cattle presentations.

As a sponsor of the School Display competition, I was also given the difficult job of judging – but well done to Mount Kilcoy State School, who took out the top prize.

At Nanango I always enjoy working on the Show’s rodeo can bar and this year I shared the duties with our Federal Member for Maranoa, David Littleproud and South Burnett Cr Roz Frohloff, where we had a lot of fun and a great afternoon.

Coming up this weekend is the Kingaroy Show, so get along to it if you can!

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Byee Road at Wheatlands is one of several state-controlled roads in my electorate that urgently need an upgrade, and I’m agitating to get them all fixed

Byee Road

This is Byee Road at Wheatlands in the north of the Nanango Electorate, and the sign says it all: what a disgrace!

While there are works planned for the stretch between Kangaroo Yard and Flats roads, you almost need a high clearance vehicle on the section heading towards Wheatlands State School.

I committed to fix this road at the last election, and I won’t stop until it’s done.

I’ve asked TMR (as it’s a state managed road) when it will be repaired, because I think it’s simply unacceptable it’s reached this condition.

There are many other roads in our electorate in a similar condition, and I’ll continue to highlight these as needing urgent funding.

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Round 8 Local Heroes Announced

Round 8 of my Local Hero Grants have been announced with six local groups and sporting representatives chosen as ‘local heroes’.

Normally four grants are awarded in each round, but the high quality of applications meant an extra two grants have been awarded.

Congratulations to the successful applicants, who will each receive a $250 Local Hero Grant:

  • South Burnett Mountain Bike Club – to assist members attend the Mountain Bike National Schools Championships
  • Tanduringie SS P&C Association – to support their annual bull ride fundraiser
  • Nanango Netball Club –  to help purchase new bibs for the teams
  • Jorja Pointon (Kilcoy) – to help attend the Clay Target Junior South East Zone Shot in Emerald
  • Chelsea Whye (Kingaroy) – to help attend the Netball State Titles in Townsville
  • Grant Lahiff (Kilkivan) – to help attend various representative swimming competitions

To find out more about my Local Hero Grants head to my website or contact my electorate office on (07) 4190-7100 for the guidelines.

[Photos: Nanango Electorate Office and]

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